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Popeyes-Style Chicken Tenders and Biscuits From 'Fried & True'

My initial instinct was I'd much rather have Wylie's original take on fried chicken... but... y'know what? This is actually way radder and will be my dinner on Saturday.

The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

Man. I remember when I was in Highschool (15 years ago or more) you could get skirt steak for next to nothing. Now? Sometimes you can find porterhouse on sale for less (11.99 p/lb vs 18.99 p/lb). Then I just saw flat-iron was more than sirloin at a restaurant.


Chicken and Egg From 'Coi' (Part 1)

GARUM?! ....really? Garum?... like...garum garum? Like ancient Roman fish sauce that even Heston Blumenthal couldn't be bothered with when he was making his Roman Feast? That's just an extra level of insane. May we use Vietmanese fish sauce or do we have to go scuba diving off the coast of Crete for an amphora of garum?

Low-Country Shrimp Boil with Spicy Remoulade

This is almost identical to the meal my sister in law made last summer. I'm not much of a seafood person, but it was dynamite. I seem to remember her using a coarser spice mix, but I couldn't stop eating the potatoes!

Congrats to the 2012 James Beard Journalism Award Winners

I realize that half the reason it exists is because it's cool to own a giant tome of cookery... but it drives me nuts Modernist Cuisine isn't available in ebook form!

What Discontinued Soda Do You Miss?

I really dug Pepsi Blue.

I'm sure there's several I'll remember later, but I also really liked the sour grape Mountain Dew (Black II, I think).

I love Trader Joes

I always hear people say TJ is expensive, but never back it up. I went today to buy the misc snack and sundry items I like to have on hand (mostly prepared and frozen meals for lunch since I work nights).

I purchased:

(3) 8 .oz Packages of Dried Mango
(3) 12 .oz Dark Chocolate bars
(2) Frozen Margahrita Pizzas
(4) Chicken Tiki Masala
(2) 4 packs of Frozen Naan
(2) 6 packs of mini Edam cheese
A large package of Palmiers
Package of Parmesan Crisps
Family sized frozen Fettucini Alfredo w/ Chicken
Package of Char Sui Bao
Package of refrigerated ravioli
A package of lemon herb chicken breasts
Mochi Ice Cream
Sweet Potato Chips
Large Bouquet of Flowers

Grand total with tax was $72.

That's lunch and snacks for 2 weeks. About $3.50 a day and 100x better than anything I'll find near the office.

Let's not even focus on the fact that it's all prepared food, which is always more expensive. It's convenient and delicious.

This whole "Trader Joe's is too expensive" is factually inaccurate.

Find me an 8 oz. package of dried mango for less than $1.99 any where else. You can't even get it that cheap buying in bulk at Costco. And it's good mango!!